The Gauteng Education Department has confirmed that Parktown Boy’s High principal, Malcolm Williams has been fired. He was charged with 3 claims of misconduct linked to Mpianza’s death.
Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona said Williams did not plan the school excursion well enough to ensure the safety of all learners.
“The first charge was about him not seeking approval for the school to take that excursion which led to the death of one learner.”
“Secondly [the other charge] was not to capture a roll call, a register of some sort to say this is the number of learners, their details. The third one was more about the safety measures, which he was acquitted on,”
Mabona clarified that Williams was not charged with the death of Enoch Mpianza, but rather the responsibility of planning the trip.
“The responsibility starts where the trip is initiated. The argument might be if the trip did not go ahead, we might not be talking about the death. The approval for any excursion undertaken is quite key.”
Many are still calling for the teachers and staff members of the Nyati Bush Lodge to be held accountable and charged with endangering the lives of the learners who were part of the school excursion.
The department is aware that there were investigations done by the police when news of Mpianza’s death first broke.
Mabona said the education department is in the process of following disciplinary processes for all of the teachers who were involved.
“On the other officials and educators, we can confirm that the disciplinary processes are going ahead. As soon as we have the outcome, we should be in a position to update you on the latest.”
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